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IFLA Palm-leaf Manuscript Preservation Workshop

(12 July 2017) IFLA hosted a two day workshop to discuss and scope the needs for metadata standards in palm leaf manuscript preservation. The workshop was held from 6-7 July 2017 at the IFLA PAC Centre, National Library and Documentation Board of Sri Lanka. Experts from Thailand, Laos, India, Indonesia, Germany and Sri Lanka participated […]

July 13, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Mao Zedong literary notes sold at auction

(11 July 2017) A collection of handwritten notes by Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, has been sold at auction for 10 times its estimated price. The notes, written in 1975 to a professor who had been hired to read to Mao, were sold at Sotheby’s in London for £704,750 ($910,000). The auction house […]

July 13, 2017 - 8:25 am

Bukit Panjang – A Singapore Library

(11 July 2017) LIANZA reports on a recent trip to Singapore which included a few public libraries. The First is  Bukit Panjang a public library undergoing renovation, sited in a shopping mall. The library is split into two sections on the top floor of  the mall – a children’s library, and a library for teens and […]

July 12, 2017 - 7:19 pm

SkillsVision Forum for Librarians

Library Leadership from Resources to Strategies (12 July 2017) The Forum is an opportunity to learn from the library success stories of University of Melbourne, a top ranked university in Australia, in strategical support and leadership. This is a programme designed for library leadership roles supporting fast changing academic workflows ranging from research to innovation […]

July 12, 2017 - 4:09 pm

Asian Development Bank hiring Senior Information Resources and Services Officer

(10 July 2017) As an experienced officer, the Senior Information Resources and Services Officer is responsible for overseeing the technical and administrative requirements of the three teams under the Information Resources and Services Unit (OAIS-IR), namely Information and Research Coordinators, Library, and Records/Archives teams. The officer oversees the work activities of local staff teams and […]

July 11, 2017 - 9:27 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! New subject rankings from ARWU and Asia-Pacific Rankings from Times Higher Education

(10 July 2017) Two new rankings appeared in the past couple of weeks.  One is worth looking at while the other is just a rehash of existing data. ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 (GRAS) Wuhan University is ranked number one in Remote Sensing HK Polytechnic is number one in Hospitality & Tourism Management […]

July 10, 2017 - 3:50 pm

iGroup partners with Knowledge Unlatched in Asia and Oceania

(27 June 2017, Hong Kong) iGroup is partnering with Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a global initiative in which publishers and libraries collaborate to make books from the Humanities and Social Sciences freely available to readers around the world. Effective immediately all of Asia and Oceania will be covered by iGroup. “KU is the leading initiative in […]

July 10, 2017 - 3:19 pm

2017 Scholar Metrics released

(5 July 2017) Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, Google is releasing the 2017 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2012–2016 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of […]

July 8, 2017 - 6:20 pm

City of Sydney scraps library fines after trial shows reminders work better

Three times as many overdue items were returned to the council’s libraries during a trial period in which no penalties were levied  (7 July 2017) The City of Sydney council has abolished all library fines after an eight-month trial revealed they do not work as an incentive for people to return books. Three times as […]

July 8, 2017 - 6:09 pm

Yale-NUS College Library hiring Senior Executive/Executive

(6 July 2017)  Yale-NUS College, Singapore, seeks an energetic, service-oriented individual to manage and support the acquisitions of monograph materials for the Library. The Senior Executive/Executive, Library will play a role in supporting library access services, which includes interlibrary loan, document delivery, and course reserve items to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College. The […]

July 8, 2017 - 5:47 pm

Publish or impoverish: An investigation of the monetary reward system of science in China (1999-2016)

Authors : Wei Quan, Bikun Chen, Fei Shu (Submitted on 4 Jul 2017 to ArXiv) Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this study is to present the landscape of the cash-per-publication reward policy in China and reveal its trend since the late 1990s. Design/methodology/approach: This study is based on the analysis of 168 university documents regarding […]

July 8, 2017 - 5:41 pm

Supreme Court of Victoria hiring Library Reference Coordinator

(6 July 2017) The Library Reference Services Coordinator leads and supervises a small team to deliver a high quality and responsive legal reference, research, user education and current awareness services to members of the legal profession in Victoria. The role also assesses, analyses and reports on user needs and expectations in order to inform the […]

July 8, 2017 - 5:25 pm

New DOAJ promotional materials

(5 July 2017) DOAJ is often asked for materials to help librarians and open access advocates to spread the word about open access and DOAJ. You can now access, share, and use DOAJ’s  new promotional materials. Two flyers and a poster are a click away.

July 6, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Tencent’s online publisher files for Hong Kong IPO seen worth $800 million

(4 July 2017) China Literature Ltd, a Tencent Holdings Ltd unit and the country’s largest online publishing and eBook company, has filed for a Hong Kong initial public offering that is expected to raise as much as $800 million. The deal is also a boost for the Hong Kong bourse, which has failed to attract […]

July 6, 2017 - 3:47 pm

Library Consultative Panel supports move by NLB to remove controversial book series

(3 July 2017, Singapore)  Three weeks after the National Library Board (NLB) removed a controversial series of Malay language books for young people from its shelves, an independent panel tasked to review the eight titles said it supports the move as the series “has the potential of creating religious and racial tensions among readers and […]

July 6, 2017 - 3:43 pm